July 24

Wyatt works

Move over Sheryl Crow. Just like you did, Jaime Wyatt straddles the lines that cross the worlds of rock and folk in order to create intelligent pop. With a voice that’s sometimes compared to Chrissie Hynde, Wyatt — who’s also a member of the all-female Americana trio Calico — sings ballads and rockers that would appeal to fans of Lucinda Williams, the Bangles and Shawn Colvin.

A native of Tacoma, Wash., Wyatt currently is recording a new album and already has seen one of her tunes, “Mind Candy,” covered by Tiffany, of ‘80s pop-radio fame, has had her music featured on TV, and released two EPs with the group American Bloomers, as well as a full-length album with Calico.

The Lonesome Billies, Country Lips, Jamie Wyatt & The Bang Bangs, 9 p.m. Thursday, July 24, Doug Fir Lounge, 830 E. Burnside St. $10. Info: 503-231-9663,

Welcome to the fungle

For those of us who saw Guns ‘n’ Roses in their heyday, one thought always ran through our minds — what would happen if Axl Rose were a female funk singer? Now that question can be answered when Funk ‘n’ Roses takes the stage, led by “ferocious singer” Anian Hough of Ben Darwish’s Commotion.

Brett McConnell (Shafty, Asher Fulero Band) is on bass, Kyle Smith plays guitars, Kyle Owen (Asher Fulero Band) slams the skins, Dave Dernovsek (Yak Attack, Emulator) presses the keyboards, Lars Campbell slides trombone, Tree Palmedo (Ben Darwish’s Commotion) puckers the trumpet, and Joshua Cliburn (Joey Porter’s Funk Tributes) blows tenor sax.

Funk ‘n’ Roses, 10 p.m. Thursday, July 24, Goodfoot Lounge, 2845 S.E. Stark St. $7. Info: 503-239-9292,

July 25

Quags hired

Portland power popsters The Quags will jam with guitarist-singer-songwriter Steven Schayer, formerly of New Zealand jangle pop band The Chills as well as L.A.’s The Black Watch. The Quags have recorded Schayer songs on their last two albums, “Devil’s Music” as well as “Priceless Grain of Sand.”

Drawing on the Kinks, Replacements and Big Star for inspiration and sounding a bit like quirky underground masters The Bevis Frond, The Quags are led by songwriter, guitarist and vocalist Dennis Mitchell and feature a new rhythm section with bassist John Tompson and drummer Jim Huie. This show also features the return of original lead guitarist Craig Stahr. Huie will play a set with David Stoops earlier in the evening. The Honus Huffhines, witty indie rockers who draw on jangle rock, folk and pop, close out the night.

Jim Huie/David Stoops, 6 p.m.; The Quags, Steven Schayer, The Honus Huffhines, 9 p.m. Friday, July 25, The Starday Tavern, 6517 S.E. Foster Road. Free. Info: 971-888-4001,

by: COURTESY OF MICHAEL BUSSE - Creatively playing party and mellow music and everything between, Brooklyns Miniature Tigers visit Portland next week, July 30 at Holocene.

July 30

Pretty in pop

Brooklyn’s ever creative Miniature Tigers is promoting its r ‘n’ b single “Used to Be The Sh*t,” off its new album “Cruel Runnings,” but is actually far more eclectic than the single would lead you to believe. Take “Swimming Pool Blues,” a ‘60s twist-meets-’80s bouncy dance number all dressed up in 21st century audio shimmer. Put it on, pour the drinks and proceed to party. Then mellow out with some of their older numbers, like the dreamy ballad “Dark Ballad,” or one of their most popular numbers “Cannibal Queen,” a Brian-Wilson-meets-Ray-Davies ditty that you can’t get out of your head.

They share the stage with The Griswolds, Australia’s danceable indie rockers whose latest single “Down and Out” will definitely go down well with the late-night glow-stick necklace crowd. Filling out the bill is San Francisco’s Finish Ticket, a highly melodic indie rock band that likes its ballads epic and passionate.

The Griswolds, Miniature Tigers, Finish Ticket, 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 30, Holocene, 1001 S.E. Morrison St. $12 in advance, $14 day of show. Info: 503-239-7639,

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